Mexico-United States Dialogue on Migration and Border Issues, 2001-2005 [Updated November 30, 2005]   [open pdf - 94KB]

"This report, which will be updated periodically, focuses on the interactions between Mexico and the United States on migration and border issues during the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Vicente Fox of Mexico. The discussions and agreements fall into four areas: (1) the bilateral migration talks, (2) the Partnership for Prosperity, (3) the Border Partnership Agreement, and (4) the trilateral 'Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America.' The bilateral migration talks began in 2001 with Cabinet-level working groups seeking to reach agreement on border safety, a temporary worker program, and the status of undocumented Mexicans. The talks stalled, however, following the terrorist attacks upon the United States and increased concerns with border security. President Bush called for a temporary worker program in January 2004 and February 2005, and similar legislative proposals are pending. In May 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005, with provisions that strengthen border control and establish identity card standards for drivers licenses. In late November 2005, President Bush called for a guest worker program in the context of enhanced border control, drawing upon congressionally approved appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security, while Mexico called for shared responsibility approaches."

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